FAST Fellow Steering Committee Bios

Henry (Rique) Campa, III, Ph.D. is the Senior Associate Dean in the Graduate School and a Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU) and a Certified Wildlife Biologist® in The Wildlife Society (TWS).  In his roles as an Associate Dean, he develops, implements, and evaluates career and professional development programs.  In addition, he also directs activities and grants at MSU associated with the NSF-funded Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Network including the Future Academic Scholars in Teaching Fellowship Program, and the NIH-funded Post-doc Academy.  Rique’s wildlife research interests are in the areas of wildlife-habitat relationships, ecosystem management, and examining the effects of disturbances on wildlife and their habitat.  Since 1990, he has generated approximately $23M in research funding.  He has conducted ecological research throughout the U.S. and in Kenya and Nepal.  Before coming to MSU, Rique worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Biologist and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a Wildlife Research Biologist.  Dr. Campa has served in leadership positions for TWS at the national, regional, and state levels.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and has taught study abroad courses in Kenya and the Bahamas.  At MSU, he has been awarded a Lilly Teaching Fellowship, the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Excellence in Teaching-Established Teacher Award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) as well as the CANR Distinguished Faculty Award.  In 2004, Dr. Campa was selected as an “exemplary teaching professor” to participate in the National Case Study of Learner-Centered Approaches in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.  In 2011, he received TWS’s Excellence in Wildlife Education Award and was selected as a Wildlife Society Fellow in “recognition of exceptional service”.  In 2015, Dr. Campa was awarded the Teaching Award of Merit from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

When not working, Rique enjoys trail running, hiking, camping, biking, and occasionally hunting and fishing…especially if these can be done some place new and exciting.

Kendra Cheruvelil -- has been an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University since 2006 ( Her position is a joint appointment between the Lyman Briggs College (the residential college for the sciences) and the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Because she enjoys both teaching/learning and the environment immensely, this position is perfect for her. Kendra is actively engaged with the Center for Water Science and the Environmental Science and Policy Program on campus and her scholarly work includes both the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and limnological research. She is a landscape limnologist ( who works collaboratively to examine the roles that disturbance (human and natural), spatial scale, and heterogeneity have on lake biology and chemistry. She addresses questions that advance scientific understanding and are directly applicable to aquatic ecosystem management and conservation. In addition, her research explicitly includes the economic and social factors that both impact lakes and drive their management and conservation. Her main areas of interest include examining the role of a) aquatic plants (native and alien) and their management in lake foodwebs and b) the landscape in structuring lake biology and chemistry. Her research team uses a variety of approaches to conduct research, such as lake field surveys, mesocosm experiments, and statistical modeling (e.g. multi-level modeling). Co-facilitated the CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) Sponsored workshops for Lyman Briggs College Graduate Teaching Assistants and Undergraduate Learning Assistants:Creating Learning Communities Workshop and Creating Inclusive Learning Environments.

Diane Ebert-May -- is a Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University. She provides national leadership for promoting professional development, evaluation and improvement of faculty, postdoctoral teaching fellows, and graduate students who actively participate in creative research about teaching and learning in the context of their discipline. Her work in assessment of undergraduate learning in science guides many individual faculty as well as science departments throughout the country. She actively contributes to the educational initiatives of Ecological Society of America, served on the National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Evaluating Undergraduate Teaching, NRC Committee on Integrating Education with Biocomplexity, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; is on the editorial board of CBE-Life Sciences Education (American Society of Cell Biology), and is an advisory board member of the National Academy of Engineering's Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC).

Ebert-May’s research team is developing and testing a model for faculty change in teaching undergraduate science, and model-based reasoning tools designed to enable students in large enrollment science courses to build conceptual understanding. She is PI of project FIRST II (Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching), an NSF-funded national dissemination network for science faculty professional development in teaching through biological field stations and marine labs. Her recent publications address pathways to scientific teaching based on active learning, inquiry-based instructional strategies, assessment and research. She teaches plant biology to majors and environmental science to non-majors in large enrollment courses. Ebert-May recruits and mentors science postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in teaching and learning research and teaches a graduate-level seminar on scientific teaching. Her plant ecology research continues on Niwot Ridge, Colorado, where she has conducted long-term ecological research on alpine tundra plant communities since 1971.

  • BS - University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Botany
  • MA and PhD - University of Colorado, Boulder, Department of Environmental, Population and Organismal Biology

Michael W. Everett, Ph.D. -- Michael Everett is an Academic Teaching Specialist within the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. Michael's current teaching and outreach activities include overseeing the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources student interns from MSU (Internship for teaching diverse learners I and II; TE501 and TE502). Michael's teaching assignment includes teaching ESA312 (Principles of Leadership for Environmental and Agriscience Professional) and being the instructor of record for TE408 (Crafting Teaching Practices). His degrees include: B.A. Mathematics, Olivet College M.S. Crop and Soil Science, Michigan State University, Ph.D., Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies, Michigan State University. Michael’s research interests include: Conservation Education and Human Dimensions of Wildlife and Ecosystems in the context of Hunter Education and Hunting in Michigan. Additionally, research in the area of teaching and methods of teaching in AFNR and Hunter Education.

Jenifer Saldanha -- is an Assistant Professor at the CREATE for STEM Institute and Lyman Briggs College (LBC). She received her PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Iowa State University. As a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Postdoctoral Research Fellow she helped develop a learning community to increase retention, and encourage exploration of STEM disciplines among undecided, undergraduate freshmen. She is a Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Scholar, and a CIRTL Scholar, and has completed Teaching As Research (TAR) projects. She is currently a part of the Automated Analysis of Constructed Responses (AACR) research group at the CREATE for STEM Institute. Her broad research interests include: Stress biology, Caenorhabditis elegans biology, Increasing student interest and retention in STEM disciplines, and Life Science education research.

Stefanie Baier, Ph.D. -- is the Curriculum Development Director at the Graduate School at Michigan State University. In her role she is in charge of the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) preparation program and teaching professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. She also runs the GTA Teaching Learning Community (GTA TLC).
Her research interests include student success and retention and the impact of diversity, academic, and psychosocial factors on college outcomes. In her evaluation work she has focused on assessment of professional training and support programs (learning communities, student success and mentoring initiatives), and international student success. Stefanie has taught at the K-9, undergraduate, and graduate level.
Stefanie Baier holds an M.A. in Educational Psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a Ph. D. in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University. She also earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and Religious Studies from the Pädagogische Akademie Graz-Eggenberg, Austria.